Thursday 28 August 2014
The success of the Street Child World Cup and the part that the Premier League has played in helping to make it work have been documented on premierleague.com.
Street Child World Cup is an international movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all kids deserve, through football, art and an international conference for street children. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the Street Child World Cup unites street children from across the world to play in a football tournament challenging the negative perceptions and treatment of street children.
Arsenal helped to coach the team who represented England at the most recent tournament in Rio de Janeiro, while the team from Tanzania who won the tournament came from a project which has developed thanks to cooperation with Queens Park Rangers and their Premier League Kicks programme.
"Football is an opportunity for them to have fun and dream which every child has a right to do"
Street Child World Cup CEO John Wroe
Now to aid the Street Child project further a call is being made to fans to donate any of their unwanted football shirts to children around the world.
"Every football shirt you donate represents a dream and we believe in the dreams of street children to leave the streets behind," John Wroe, the CEO of Street Child World Cup, said. "Our projects use football to engage the most hard to reach young people and educate them with life skills so they never return to the streets.
"The children learn valuable lessons like team work and discipline but above all else, football is an opportunity for them to have fun and dream which every child has a right to do."
Fans are asked to donate their unwanted shirts to the National Football Museum, in Manchester, who will share them among their network of existing grassroots projects in 19 countries.
"We believe there's barely a home in the UK that doesn't contain a football shirt," Kevin Moore, the museum director, said. "We know that many of these shirts lay neglected in the bottom of wardrobes and cupboards.
"If you have an old, unwanted football shirt - maybe it doesn't fit any longer or isn't worn because it's a few seasons out of date - then get them to us, either by post or by dropping them off at the museum in person, and we'll make sure they help improve the lives of some of the world's least fortunate children."
The "shirt amnesty" runs until 26 September and shirts can be handed to the museum in person or posted to: National Football Shirt Amnesty, National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG.